Report on Jenni White’s Utah Speech   4 comments


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Jenni  White of Oklahoma’s Restore Oklahoma Public Education spoke  last night in Midvale, Utah, to a clapping, cheering, energized crowd that included two  legislators from the Utah House of Representatives, Kay Christofferson and LaVar Christiansen, both of whom stood and spoke after Jenni’s speech to voice their support.

Feisty, hilarious, sassy and smart, Jenni White’s presentation explained that she and her group have been working for many, many years (longer than the majority of us have in Utah) to stop Common Core.  The bills that were written there never got heard, or only made it through one committee hearing, year after year.  It took hard work and dogged persistence to work the miracle that Oklahoma finally saw this year.  Her speech was filmed and will be posted soon.  Here are highlights:

What Oklahoma moms did:

1.  They didn’t just work with one or two legislators.  They emailed all the legislators, every week, with short, vital pieces of information to help educate them about just what the Common Core Initiative has done to schools, to student privacy, to teacher autonomy, to the voice of parents, to the power of local control of education.

2.  They showed up by the hundreds during the legislative session, wearing the green Stop Common Core t-shirts, and made it impossible during rallies for legislators to walk down the halls without swerving around green t-shirted parents and teachers and students.  They would not be ignored or dismissed.

3.  They sent legislative baseball cards, stop common core cookie bouquets, postcards, notes, legislator memos, tweets, emails.

4.  They held a “Hear the Bills!” rally to persuade legislators to at least listen, to at least let this issue have a fair hearing.

5. They did photo ops with Governor Fallin, wearing the green t-shirts, even before she had decided to stand against Common Core.

6. They had meetings statewide, educating the public, asking the public to call their legislators and tell them they wanted Common Core to be repealed and replaced with better standards like Massachusetts had prior to the Common Core-ing of America.

7. They stuck together, not allowing infighting or small disagreements to break apart their coalition of parents, teachers and citizens who wanted Common Core to go away.

Since the Oklahoma miracle, some pro-Core advocates such as Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrelli, (a financial beneficiary of Bill Gates, of course) have tried to spin the Oklahoma miracle of repealing Common Core as a disaster, saying that Oklahoma teachers have no idea what to teach right now.

The indomitable Jenni White, rather than shrink under his arrogance and criticism, happily invited Petrelli to Oklahoma for an open debate and discussion on this subject.

Petrelli has accepted, according to his Twitter feed.

Thank you, Oklahoma!  We love you!

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4 responses to “Report on Jenni White’s Utah Speech

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  1. NJ needs T-shirts. Thank you Jenni for Oklahoma. We know your struggle, since we are on the same path. God’s hand is at work. What you’ve been doing, reflects what we’ve been doing for the past two years. We will continue the fight and are happy for your success. Please pray for ours. We have legislation. It passed almost unanimously in the NJ Assembly last June, then got to the Senate and was held up by the Governor, who decided on “regulation instead of legislation”. An Executive Order meaning nothing for the children. Only a postponement of the teachers evaluations for one year. We are marching on. Having a “NO MORE COMMON CORE” symposium on September 27th In VIneland, New Jersey. Amazing panel of speakers; Dr. Stotsky, Dr. Duke Pesta, Prof. Chirs Tienken, Ms. Deneen Borelli, Dr. Thomas Borelli, Mr. Vern Williams, MathReasoning. Looking forward to a great turnout.

  2. The “Green Shirts” at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building.
    Jenni White is located at center-right.

  3. Reblogged this on Blogging by Jenny Hatch.

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